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The Designer's Guide to VHDL - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780120887859, 9780080568850

The Designer's Guide to VHDL, Volume 3

3rd Edition

Author: Peter Ashenden
eBook ISBN: 9780080568850
Hardcover ISBN: 9780120887859
Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
Published Date: 15th May 2008
Page Count: 936
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Table of Contents

1. Fundamental Concepts
2. Scalar Data Types and Operations
3. Sequential Statements
4. Composite Data Types and Operations
5. Basic Modeling Constructs
6. Case Study: A Pipelined Complex Multiplier Accumulator
7. Subprograms
8. Packages and Use Clauses
9. Aliases
10. External Names in Testbenches
11. Properties and Assertion-Based Design
12. Resolved Signals
13. Generics
14. Components and Configurations
15. Generate Statements
16. Access Types and Abstract Data Types
17. Files and Input/Output
18. Case Study: Queuing Networks
19. Attributes and Groups
20. Design for Synthesis
21. Case Study: System Design using the Gumnut Core
22. Miscellaneous Topics

A. Standard Packages
B. Related Standards
C. VHDL Syntax
D. Differences Among VHDL Versions
E. Answers to Exercises


VHDL, the IEEE standard hardware description language for describing digital electronic systems, has recently been revised. The Designer's Guide to VHDL has become a standard in the industry for learning the features of VHDL and using it to verify hardware designs. This third edition is the first comprehensive book on the market to address the new features of VHDL-2008.

Key Features

  • First comprehensive book on VHDL to incorporate all new features of VHDL-2008, the latest release of the VHDL standard
  • Helps readers get up to speed quickly with new features of the new standard
  • Presents a structured guide to the modeling facilities offered by VHDL
  • Shows how VHDL functions to help design digital systems
  • Includes extensive case studies and source code used to develop testbenches and case study examples
  • Helps readers gain maximum facility with VHDL for design of digital systems


Hardware Verification Engineers using VHDL


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About the Author

Peter Ashenden

Peter J. Ashenden received his B.Sc.(Hons) and Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide, Australia. He was previously a senior lecturer in computer science and is now a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide. His research interests are computer organization and electronic design automation. Dr. Ashenden is also an independent consultant specializing in electronic design automation (EDA). He is actively involved in IEEE working groups developing VHDL standards, is the author of The Designer's Guide to VHDL and The Student's Guide to VHDL and co-editor of the Morgan Kaufmann series, Systems on Silicon. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the ACM.

Affiliations and Expertise

Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Computer Science, University of Adelaide, Australia